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New Year, New Career?



To say life has been a rollercoaster lately would be a total understatement.  These last couple months have been very challenging, and I needed to take a break from writing for a bit, even though I claim it is a kind of therapy for me.  But, as we all know, life happens, and we do have to prioritize certain things.

I usually start to slow down during the winter months for a bit, not being able to be as active as during spring or summer. Piled on top of this was my career situation.  I did start an internship in August, which I unfortunately had to terminate in November.  I had such a great time at Tricoast Worldwide, and it really wasn’t easy to leave.  I learned so much and had wonderful coworkers who made work feel like fun.  I loved the family environment so much more than working for big corporations like I did before.

But, as another saying tells, if one door closes, another one opens, which I did not see at first.  As not many of you might know, I do work as an independent contractor for an app that provides dog walking, boarding, and sitting.  I started doing this job on the side when I was still at Tricoast, but it became my full-time position once I quit.  I am a huge dog lover and have to confess that I was actually a little excited, yet also scared, to take on this career shift.

I personally rather am with animals than sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer screen.  I also wasn’t ready to start writing applications for PR jobs again, after it took so much effort to eventually land an unpaid position- yeah, no thanks.  I told myself to take it easy over the holidays, and once New Year’s hit, I would feel refreshed and ready to give applying another go.

But you know what? It didn’t happen like that.  Yes, I did take it easy over the holidays and got some much needed rest.  But I wasn’t feeling refreshed and ready to write applications.  All I wanted was to work with dogs.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous to many people, especially in expensive California.

But I am happy.  I am truly happy to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job to me.  It never feels like work for me, and every day is different.  This, I believe, is what your dream job has to feel like.  And, since I have put a couple of these in this post already, here is another smart saying by Mark Twain that sums it up perfectly: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I do am aware that I will not be able to perform this job forever.  At the end of each day, I can always feel every muscle in my legs from being on my feet all day.  Also, there are no benefits, and I have to work rain or shine in order to make ends meet. But I see this position as my ground base.

I would love to be able to combine my degree in communications with working with animals at some point.  But I am not stressing out about it at the moment.  I rather enjoy what I do, be able to save up some fundamentals, and then start taking the next step of the career ladder. And also find the time to write more again.

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Anne-KathrinAnne-Kathrin Schulte, is a contributor for CaliforniaGermans.com. She writes on her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She has been living in Southern California since 2011.

If you would like to contact Anne-Kathrin, please send an email to californiagermans(at)gmail.com and place her name in the subject line.



Happy New Year – Frohes Neues Jahr


Another year is about to end and we are quickly approaching the final countdown. We wanted to thank all of our readers and fellow CaliforniaGermans for their loyalty and support throughout 2015!

We end the year with an excerpt of a poem by Erich Kästner. The following lines are from “Der Dreizehnte Monat” (The Thirteenth Month) the last poem out of the cycle of poems called “Die 13 Monate” (The 13 Months).

We wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful 2016!


„Es tickt die Zeit. Das Jahr dreht sich im Kreise.
Und werden kann nur, was schon immer war.
Geduld, mein Herz. Im Kreise geht die Reise.
Und dem Dezember folgt der Januar.“


(Last stanza of “Der Dreizehnte Monat” part of “Die 13 Monate” by Erich Kästner)



Happy New Year – Welcome 2013 !

Die Magdalena Neuner Loipe im Wallgau

Die Magdalena Neuner Loipe im Wallgau

Gedicht zum neuen Jahr aus “Mein Lied” von Peter Rosegger

Wünsche zum neuen Jahr

Ein bisschen mehr Friede und weniger Streit
Ein bisschen mehr Güte und weniger Neid
Ein bisschen mehr Liebe und weniger Hass
Ein bisschen mehr Wahrheit – das wäre was

Statt so viel Unrast ein bisschen mehr Ruh
Statt immer nur Ich ein bisschen mehr Du
Statt Angst und Hemmung ein bisschen mehr Mut
Und Kraft zum Handeln – das wäre gut

In Trübsal und Dunkel ein bisschen mehr Licht
Kein quälend Verlangen, ein bisschen Verzicht
Und viel mehr Blumen, solange es geht
Nicht erst an Gräbern – da blühn sie zu spät

Ziel sei der Friede des Herzens
Besseres weiß ich nicht

Peter Rosegger , berühmter Österreicher Heimatdichter, wurde am 31. Juli 1843 in Alpl (Steiermark) geboren, er starb am 26. Juni 1918 in Krieglach.

Peter Rosegger was an Austrian poet from the province of Styria. Rosegger went on to become a most productive poet and author as well as an insightful teacher and visionary. (1843- 1918)


Photo Credit: Bild BR- Chris Baumann

Impressions Of The Last Day Of The Year 2011

2011 is almost over. It was a beautiful sunny day down here in Southern California with the fog slowly coming in from the ocean in the afternoon creating some crisp winter atmosphere.

Have a great start into 2012!

Happy New Year !

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Show Off Your Silverware For The Holidays

The holidays’ festivities are only a little more than a week away and that’s most often the time when we remember Grandma’s precious silverware that has been stored away in some distant drawer over the year.

Stored silverware often surprises us with some unsightly looks at first. But there is immediate help on hand!  In order for your silverware to shine and be the centerpiece of any festive table, one just needs to follow some simple tricks.

You might have heard of the special cleaning trick of brushing your silver with toothpaste. At least that was one tip I had heard of already before, but new to me was the unique technique of using aluminum foil, baking powder and boiling water. This special cleaning secret will not only take care of the buildup tarnish but also diminish unattractive rust spots on your silverware!

Other ways to take care of silverware are soaking it in sour milk (!) for 30 minutes; then rinsing it off with hot water and buffing it up until shining.  Applying lemon juice to a soft cloth and cleaning the silverware thoroughly and wiping it clean with a dry clean cloth is another option.

Some interesting facts I found about silverware use in general:

It is better not to save up your silverware for just the special occasions and moments in life, but to use it as frequently as possible. This helps to bring out the silver’s rich patina. Rinsing your silver utensils right after use will prevent tarnishing.

By the way, silver made after 1939 is apparently safe to put in the dishwasher according to a note in “The Week” and its source “Southern Living”, but one needs to avoid citrusy detergents . More information can be found on “The Silver Lining”  

Important is that one keeps stainless steel dinnerware far away from silverware.  “Stainless steel causes a reaction with silver, so avoid contact while cleaning as this may damage the silverware.” (e-how)

To familiarize yourself more with cleaning silverware, take a look at this link: How to Clean Silverware With Household Products on eHow.com

Another advice I wasn’t aware of yet was that proper storage of silverware plays as significant a role as proper cleaning methods.  Apparently only “…A piece of chalk in a display cabinet will absorb the chemicals that cause tarnishing “ (The WEEK).  If you have your silverware stored away over the year then line your drawers with an acid-free Pacific Silvercloth  or another option is to just use a simple plastic bag to store silverware in order to protect it!

Don’t hesitate to display your silverware this Christmas or New Year . Tab into these simple cleaning methods and you are ahead of the game…